Chou Dynasty   1120 BC   China

"The Mandate of Heaven elects certain men (not women) to be rulers of the tribes."


The Bible

            Genesis 3:16  "Your husband shall be your master."

            I Corinthians 11:3  "The head of woman is man."

                    11:10  "Women are under man's authority."

                    14:34  "Women are subordinate to men."

                    14:35-36  "Wives must submit and obey."

            Ephesians 5:22-24  "Wives must submit and obey."

            Deuteronomy 22:20-21  "If no proof of the girl's virginity can be found,
                                                        she shall be stoned to death."

1 Timothy 2:11-14 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

"Let women learn in silence, with subjection and humility.
Never let women teach men or have authority over men.
    Women must be silent in church meetings.
This is because Adam came first, then Eve, and it was Eve who
    was first deceived by Satan, and sin was the result."

Numbers 31:14-18, 32-46

"Moses was angry with the army commanders who let women live. Women are the cause of plagues and sin. Moses commanded that all women who had experienced sexual intercourse be killed, but the soldiers could keep the virgins 'for their own use.' When the war booty was counted, the virgin girls were treated like sheep, oxen and donkeys. The young women were counted and used like animals, as the Lord directed."

The Koran

            2:228  "Men have a status above women."

            4:34    "Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one
                                superior to the other.  Good women are obedient."


Elizabeth Cady Stanton   1815-1902    women's rights activist

"The whole tone of church teaching in regard to women is contemptuous and degrading.
Religions have opposed female freedom and taught inferiority and subjection;  
    these superstitions perpetuate bondage."

The male religious leaders realized they could eliminate half the leadership/power competition,
    if they could make this female degradation stick.
Catholics, Mormons and Islamics have been very successful,  for example.


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